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MATTHEW 5:13-16 NKJ 
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  

Volumes have been written about this chapter.  This chapter five is the start of the Sermon on the Mount.   

In the passage for today, we see Jesus offer clarity on the role of believers on the earth.   

Salt and light.  Both salt and light had a definitive purpose.  Salt was used to preserve food before modern methods of refrigeration.  Light, then as now, was to overcome the danger and uncertainty of darkness.   

Jesus is helping us understand what our role is meant to accomplish.  In a world that is full of death and decay, we act as a deterrent.  We bring life into our homes, jobs, neighborhoods.  Our heart for God and people, and our different way of living, is meant to bless and help those around us.  Light is best shined in our good work or actions.  Our words, generosity, care, and faith-filled outlook make us a city on a hill.  We are here to represent Jesus, our King, and His kingdom.  We are here to have an influence on a dark, decaying world.  We're not simply waiting to go to heaven; we bring a bit of heaven here to earth.   



This offers us a new perspective.  We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  When we live this out by our conduct, words, faith, love, and attitude, we are a blessing to those around us.   

The first step is to acknowledge that role.  It is a good practice for us to declare over our lives that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  It may feel a bit awkward to say this about yourself, but you are only agreeing with what the Lord says about you.   

As you acknowledge your role, opportunities will arise for you to function as salt and light. This will give greater purpose to your day.  And a greater purpose gives greater meaning to life.  We're not hanging out waiting for Jesus to come back.  We are a blessing, salt, and light to a world in need.  



Heavenly Father, thank You that I have a role in Your kingdom and a purpose in life.  Show me how to make my role more real and more effective.